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December 6, 2017

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ATD Announces Nominees for Truck Dealer of the Year Award

Winners to be announced at ATD Show 2018 in Las Vegas

Alosa

Arscott

Bergey

Reynolds

Vandehey

White

Young

The American Truck Dealers (ATD), Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software today announced the nominees for the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year – a national award that recognizes commercial-truck dealers for business performance, industry leadership and community service.

The seven nominees for 2018 are:

  • Joseph Alosa, Sr., president/CEO of New England Kenworth in Concord, N.H.;
  • John Arscott, CEO of The Pete Store in Baltimore, Md.;
  • Mark Bergey, president of Bergey’s Truck Centers in Souderton, Pa.;
  • Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Center in Norcross, Ga.;
  • Jon Vandehey, president/CEO of Mid-State Truck Service in Marshfield, Wis.;
  • Lee White, II, president of Old River Companies in South Richland, Miss.;
  • Craig Young, president of Young Truck Sales in Canton, Ohio;
The nominees were selected by state, metro and national association leaders.

A panel of professors from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business will evaluate the nominees on dealership performance, industry leadership, civic contributions and community service.

The winner and runner-up will be announced during the 55th annual ATD Show (formerly the ATD Convention & Expo) in Las Vegas, which runs from Thursday, March 22, through Sunday, March 25, 2018. The four-day event runs concurrently with the 2018 NADA Show.

For more information, visit www.atdshow.org.
Source: ATD

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Auto Sector Escapes Big Hits in Senate Tax Bill

WASHINGTON -- The auto industry fared better, on balance, in the tax bill that narrowly passed the Senate on Saturday than in the House version. Now the industry will try to hold onto those gains, or improve on them, as both chambers convene to craft a unified bill.

Dealerships won a reprieve when last-minute language was inserted in the Senate legislation to preserve full deductibility of floor plan interest -- mirroring the House measure ...

Family-owned franchise dealerships also would benefit from how the House treats the estate tax, which is levied on property when it transfers to heirs after an owner's death. Both chambers would immediately double the current exclusion, but the House would repeal the estate tax after 2014 ...

Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Steve Daines of Montana held out until they got better terms for small business owners compared to large companies. Single proprietorships and other S corporations don't have income taxed at the corporate level but pass it through to themselves and pay the tax on their individual returns.
Source: Automotive News

Editor’s note:  ATD supported the Paul Amendment to the Senate tax reform bill, which preserves the full deductibility of interest on floor plan financing, a specialized type of business loan critical to the truck industry.  Without the amendment, the Senate tax plan would have likely put small businesses truck dealerships with high cost inventory at risk of paying higher taxes even when a business does not show a profit.  Since the House and Senate tax conference will begin soon, and both bills repeal like-kind exchanges except for real property, ATD is currently exploring opportunities for a transition period for like-kind exchanges to lessen the tax burden on dealers holding like-kind exchanges property.  Please contact Paul Dorsey with ATD Legislative Affairs at pdorsey@nada.org with any questions.

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Electronic Logging Device Mandate Compliance Deadline Looms

By Dec. 18, 2017, commercial motor vehicle carriers and drivers should be in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandates. This means that, unless exempt, carriers and drivers using paper logs or logging software to record their hours-of-service records-of-duty-status must begin using registered ELDs (unless currently using approved automatic on-board recording devices). To address how the ELD mandates apply to truck dealerships and their rental and leasing operations, ATD has produced a webinar and a FAQ document (available here) to assist with compliance. Questions regarding these materials or the ELD mandates may be addressed to NADA/ATD Regulatory Affairs at regulatoryaffairs@nada.org or 703.821.7040.
Source: ATD

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OSHA Delays Injury and Illness Electronic Reporting Deadline By Two Weeks

Dealerships required to electronically file 2016 employee workplace injury and illness records with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now have until Dec. 15, 2017, to do so.  Those required to electronically file Form 300A or equivalent include:

  • Commercial truck dealerships with 20 to 249 employees at a single "establishment," defined as "a single location where business is conducted or where services or industrial operations are performed."
  • Light-duty and commercial truck dealerships with 250 or more employees at a single establishment.

Dealerships required to electronically file a 2016 Form 300A should do so using OSHA's Injury Tracking Application (ITA). NADA/ATD recommends against filing until on or about December 15, 2017, as it is possible that the deadline will be extended again. 
 
Light-duty dealerships with fewer than 250 employees at a single establishment must record workplace injuries and illnesses, but are not required to electronically submit Form 300A to OSHA. Also, since the OSHA-approved State Plan states of California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington and Wyoming have yet to adopt the Form 300A electronic reporting mandate, all dealerships in those states need not file using the ITA.
 
For more information on OSHA's injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting mandates, visit NADA's injury and illness recordkeeping page or contact NADA Regulatory Affairs at regulatoryaffairs@nada.org.
Source: ATD/NADA

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Now Available: New Driven Guide on Used Car Rule

NADA/ATD recently published A Dealer Guide to the FTC Used Car Rule, which provides franchised automobile and commercial truck dealerships an overview of the revised federal Used Car Rule. This Driven guide also includes a detailed overview of the revised Buyers Guide and instructions on properly completing the Buyers Guide form, along with a number of templates and other examples. Members may access the new guide here.
Source: NADA/ATD

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EPA Urged Not to Repeal Rule Regulating Glider Truck Emissions

Dozens of representatives for trucking trade associations, health and environmental nonprofits, private citizens, truck dealers and manufacturers on Dec. 4 urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to repeal a provision in the 2016 Obama administration Phase 2 greenhouse gas reduction rule to regulate emissions requirements for glider kits.

At an EPA hearing, about 60 people testified that the estimated 10,000 glider kits currently in existence — trucks with new chassis but older remanufactured engines — were among the “oldest, dirtiest, deadliest” vehicles on U.S. highways.

The EPA hearing was held in response to a proposed rule issued last month to repeal medium- and heavy-duty truck Phase 2 greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency standards for the glider industry.
Source: Transport Topics


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ACT to Study Potential of Electric Truck Market

ACT Research has announced that it is developing a multi-client study, examining the market potential in the U.S. and Canada for electric medium- and heavy-duty comercial vehicles through 2035. A confluence of advances in electrical technology and tightening environmental regulations have moved  the commercial vehicle industry toward new powertrains like battery electric vehicles, according to ACT Research. Because of the rapid pace of change, ACT said that electric vehicles may become cost- competitive with diesel trucks in the future. ACT is developing this report to provide a more complete picture of the near future for electric commercial vehicles.

Editor’s note: Jim Meil, Kenny Vieth and Steve Tam from ACT Research, the authors of the new Commercial Truck Dealer Future Landscape Study, commissioned by ATD, will present the results at ATD Show 2018 in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 24.

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Daimler Trucks to Deliver 3D Printed Parts in Test Program

Daimler Trucks North America has announced will make its first delivery of plastic parts produced using 3D printing technology in the coming weeks as part of a pilot program. During the pilot phase of the 3D printed parts program, DTNA will release a controlled quantity of 3D printed parts and will invite feedback from customers and technicians that receive them. The company will collect data on the parts performance and assess potential future demand for 3D printed parts.
Source: TruckingInfo.com


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Toyota Readies Deployment of Hydrogen Station to Support Tractor Project

Toyota Motor North America, Inc., says it plans to build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. When it comes online in 2020, Tri-Gen will generate approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day, enough to power the equivalent of about 2,350 average-sized homes and meet the daily driving needs of nearly 1,500 vehicles.
Source: Commercial Carrier Journal


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Army Tests Autonomous Truck Driving Systems

U.S. Army trucks using an autonomous driving system from Lockheed Martin logged more than 55,000 testing miles during a simulated warfare experiment program held at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Bliss, Texas, according to Lockheed Martin. The trucks used Lockheed Martin’s Autonomous Mobility Applique System tactical wheeled vehicles over several months during the U.S. Army Extended Warfighter Experiment. The test included the use of Palletized Loading System vehicle convoys with the lead truck driven by a soldier and the following three to four vehicles being driven with the autonomous system.
Source: Transport Topics


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Top Stories
ATD Announces Nominees for Truck Dealer of the Year Award
Auto Sector Escapes Big Hits in Senate Tax Bill
Electronic Logging Device Mandate Compliance Deadline Looms
OSHA Delays Injury and Illness Electronic Reporting Deadline By Two Weeks
Now Available: New Driven Guide on Used Car Rule
EPA Urged Not to Repeal Rule Regulating Glider Truck Emissions
ACT to Study Potential of Electric Truck Market
Daimler Trucks to Deliver 3D Printed Parts in Test Program
Toyota Readies Deployment of Hydrogen Station to Support Tractor Project
Army Tests Autonomous Truck Driving Systems






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